BVI: Session 2 - Luna Kahuna

Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Fun Day, Fun Dive!

Location: Eleanor B.
Author: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today we woke up at our usual time. We prepared the boat and lifted anchor to leave Muskmelon Bay. We had a nice sail over to our new location, Sommer’s Beach. Once we arrived, all the Neptunes got excited for our fun dive. We got all our gear and rash guards and did our buddy checks then were ready to go. We were off into the water and the fun began. Our dive was with just our buddies so no skills were needed to be performed. It consisted of races on the ocean floor without our fins, blowing bubble rings, doing flips, spotting stingrays, and really just having fun! After a good 30 minute dive, while the Dolphins worked on their research projects, we came back up to hang. We laid in the sun and talked and of course munched on some snacks. Then lunch was prepared, some nice hot tortilla soup. We chilled for a while until it was beach time! We piled into the dinghy’s and raced to the beach where the BBQ will also take place. We played games then had some time to swim. We headed back to the boat and got ready for our BBQ! Now we are about to go see the rest of the fleet for some dinner

Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Day 12

Location: Carolyn C.
Author: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today we woke up to the smell of pancakes. The staff had a meeting this morning so we spent the morning eating pancakes, playing cards, and drinking coffee. After, we sailed to Mountain Point where we dove the Kodiak Queen also known as the Kraken. This wreck had been one of my favorite dive sites because of all the beautiful fish we saw and because of the octopus structure on top. Later I took the helm and sail us all the way from Mountain Point to Muskmelon Bay. It was a long and kind of rocky sail but time went by fast because we were having so much fun. Once we arrived, our chefs for today made chili and rice for us. Now we are cleaning up and getting our scuba gear ready for our last night dive tonight. We are diving the sand highway tonight. This will be our final night dive and we will be going by ourselves. We are all a little nervous but excited. We are looking forward to having some cake later for Sarah’s birthday! The second half of our trip is off to a great start!

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

No Heads? No Jam? No Water? No Problem!

Location: Gus D.
Author: Marina Cay
With less water and available heads, we started our day! We motored out to Dead Chest Island, a sharp ridge with spiky rocks that inspired the infamous pirate chant “15 men on the dead man’s chest”. Braving the rocky waves and urban legends, we dove to about 30 feet to find aquatic life, including fish and nurse sharks. We then embarked on a 3-hour voyage to Marina Cay. It was during our mid-voyage lunch of sandwiches that our glass jar of jelly fell onto the floor, shattering into countless pieces. It will be dearly missed. Despite this loss, we had a pretty relaxed cruise to Marina Cay. There, our water needs were alleviated with a refill of our water tanks. We then anchored in the bay and got on the dinghy for an action-packed and adrenaline pumping ride over to Trellis Bay. Reunited with our phones, we bought plenty of snacks and updated friends and family. Another hectic ride back to the boat and now we are prepping dinner (tortellini)). It’s been amazing watching us all grow comfortable and capable of living on a boat in the BVIs and I’m sure we’ve all learned valuable lessons that we’ll use for the rest of our lives.

Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Dive Day

Location: Carolyn C.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After breakfast, the Neptunes went to Happy Our to dive the Fearless wreck. The Dolphins stayed on Luna to do a research dive and dissect starfish. The Neptunes came back to eat lunch on Luna and after went over to Pure Joy for an equipment lecture and play games. The Dolphins went diving again, this time on the Rhone anchor. Then we came back to Luna for showers and to cook dinner. After dinner, we had a movie night!

Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Two Dives

Location: Justin G.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We started off early from GHP and went over to Salt Island to dive the RMS Rhone wreck. For the six of us on board who are taking the Dolphin course, the dive was our second Underwater Naturalist dive, with each buddy group having to identify an example of each type of symbiosis (mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism) on the dive. We then went on a small hike up Salt Island and visited the burial site for the victims of the Rhone wreck. We then came back to GHP and snorkeled the reef that we will all be going on our second night dive at tonight. On the snorkel, we all saw a group of four Caribbean reef squid. After the snorkel, we all came back and hung out on the boat and the Dolphins finished the proposal form for our research projects. Now we are cleaning up the salon because Sam is coming over for dinner.

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